Deputy Fire Chief


Selah Fire Department, providing fire and emergency medical services with capabilities for responding to a very wide range of occurrences, including fire protection to a combined 65 square mile city and district for domestic and wild land, hazardous materials, and other situations, is actively recruiting candidates for the full-time position of Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal. The department is looking for a proven professional leader with the energy, vision, desire and passion to help lead our department. The position requires performing a wide range of complex administrative duties involving the planning, coordination and directing of the emergency service operations of a full service combination career and paid on call fire/EMS emergency response agency. This includes providing administrative leadership in fire department budgeting and finance, code enforcement, emergency medical services, personnel, and training. The ideal candidate shall be an experienced fire officer that is comfortable in command of structure fires, wildland fires, motor vehicle accidents as well as many other types of complex incidents and value all employees which includes a very strong paid on call volunteer firefighter program.

Located on the northern border of Yakima County in Central Washington State, Selah is the gateway to the Yakima River Canyon. Our community offers a wide variety of outdoor and cultural activities, including world class fly fishing, a variety of winter sports, outstanding mountain biking and hiking, superb big game, upland and waterfowl hunting, plus excellent schools, restaurants, shops and other activities to accommodate the needs and interests of individuals and families.

We require the experience, educational achievements and physical skills commensurate with a position of this nature. The anticipated salary for this exempt forty hours per week, with additional hours as necessary, position is $7,062.50/mo. Additionally, anticipated generous annual step increases for the first three years to maximum position salary, plus an excellent benefits package.

To can find the full job description and time line of our Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal position, here:

Those interested in this position, please complete the City of Selah Employment application available online at Completed applications along with a personal resume and cover letter must be received no later than October 9, 2020 at 5:00pm to the following location:

Selah City Hall Attn: Monica Lake
Deputy Fire Chief Position
115 West Naches Ave
Selah, WA 98942

*Qualified applicants will be notified via email regarding details of the testing process which will follow the procedures and timeline as closely as possible.

About the Selah Fire Department:

We are a full service combination department providing structural and wildland urban/interface fire suppression, Haz-Mat response, non-transport EMS, public education, code enforcement and fire investigation.  We are currently staffed with 7 career and 55 volunteer members all of which train to Firefighter I standards.  We serve a population of 23,000 and cover 65 square miles out of 4 stations, 1 in the City of Selah and 3 in Yakima County Fire District #2.  Call volume for 2019 was 1,694, of which 72% were EMS calls. Our first due response area also extends beyond our districts borders to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife property, US Bureau of Land Management property, Washington State Department of Natural Resources property and into an adjoining county.

Although uniquely isolated, we have major state and interstate highways, rail lines, and air traffic that pass through our initial response area.  These transportation routes provide the main connection between eastern and western Washington for commercial, military, and private transportation.  We are rimed by Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife and United States Bureau of Land Management land on our northern border, a military training reservation on our eastern border, the City of Yakima, a metro area with a population of over 93,000 and home to Yakima Valley Community College on our southern border, and two small fire districts and United States Forest Service land on our western border.